Here's how many calories you burn doing all the Winter Olympic sportsGet the Full StoryEthan Shaw Getty Images
Athletes at the Winter Olympics posses some wildly different skills. Some can hurtle head-first down an ice track at 90 miles per hour. Others can rotate four times in the air in a fraction of a second — and make it look easy. Many perform death-defying flips and jumps while strapped to skis and snowboards.
These athletes do have one thing in common, though: When they're competing and training, they all burn calories.
INSIDER looked through data from the Compendium of Physical Activities CPA — a research-backed list of calories burned by different activities — to learn how many calories are burned performing Winter Olympics sports.
Note that all the following calculations are based on a 150-pound person. If you weigh more or less, use this simple formula to get a more accurate calculation for you. Also, for some sports, the CPA only has estimates of calorie burn rates — all those sports are noted below. Vigorous downhill ski racing burns an estimated 540 calories per hour.
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Downhill skiing with moderate effort burns 360 calories per hour.
Vigorous downhill snowboarding burns an estimated 540 calories per hour, just like skiing.
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The CPA doesn't have data on freestyle snowboarding, which is seen at the Olympics.
Cross-country skiing is a calorie torcher: An elite racer going 8 miles per hour or faster burns 1,020 calories an hour.
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One Olympian told INSIDER that it's basically the equivalent of a Chipotle burrito per hour.
Cross-country skiing at 4 miles per hour, with moderate effort, burns 610 calories an hour.
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